Dozens of business owners occupying more than 8,000 square meters of prime real estate behind Phnom Penh’s Wat Ounalom have been ordered to vacate their premises by the local conglomerate Sokimex Group, an official from the firm said Wednesday. Though the firm declined to say what plans are in store for the land—which sits just two blocks away from the Royal Palace—residents said Wednesday a team of workers had entered the area last week to dismantle a strip of popular barbecue restaurants on Street 13. Other businesses including a nightclub, a restaurant and a bus company have already been shuttered.
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